Sullivan Center targets employee health with line dancing
The Clemson University Joseph F. Sullivan Center is offering employees the opportunity to take a break from their work and shake off the Monday blues with line dancing. These line dance sessions are part of the center’s CU Well program and double as workouts for faculty and staff.
Audrey Rivers, a certified therapeutic specialist and a current doctoral graduate assistant in the parks, recreation and tourism management department’s recreational therapy program, will host the sessions on the first and third Monday of each month starting Sept. 19, and sessions will start between 12:15 and 12:30 p.m. in 201 Edwards Hall. Rivers created the event after gauging interest with Clemson staff.
“People have been intrigued about the idea ever since we conceived it,” Rivers said. “I think people see it as a simple, attractive way to spend some time during the day that also functions as a workout.”
Line dancing is a form of choreographed dance that involves a repeated sequence of steps performed by dancers in one or more lines or rows. Although the origins of line dancing can be traced to 1950s Ohio, the dance style has enjoyed consistent life in the decades since thanks to multiple genres of music using it as a complement. Diverse genres and forms of dance from country-western to salsa have embraced line dancing.
According to Rivers, there will be a mixture of these various genres and dance forms, but the top priority is to provide a heart-pumping workout. She will also provide health promotional facts and recipes at each session. No registration is required, and participants are free to come and go as they please. The final session will be Nov. 14.
“Previous dance experience is not required,” Rivers said. “We just want to provide our faculty and staff with a space to have a good time while working out.”
CU Well is a comprehensive wellness program for Clemson University employees, faculty and staff. It is comprised of the CU4Health health risk appraisal, which includes access to an online portal, blood work, BMI, blood pressure screening and an individual follow-up appointment with a health educator. Members of CU Well can participate in CU4Health annually and have access to programs such as fitness assessments, diabetes self-management courses, nutrition counseling and a smoking cessation program. The Sullivan Center offers these programs free or at a reduced cost for CU Well participants.
Located on the first floor of Edwards Hall, the Joseph F. Sullivan Center is a nurse-managed health center that integrates classroom education with clinical service learning opportunities to provide health services to Clemson employees. The center is part of the Clemson University College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences.